A Brief Introduction to Folksonomy

This post was originally written as an assignment for my Representation and Organization class, as an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of folksonomies. I had a little fun with it, so the tone isn’t entirely serious. A folksonomy is a user-generated system of metadata that fulfills a personal and/or social function of identifying and describing objects. The word system is misleading, however; although there are trends in the way people describe (“tag”) things, there are “no explicit systematic guidelines … Read More

Ready, Set… Semester?

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Originally, this post was going to be titled, “Ready, Set, Summer!” And then, somehow, I looked up from my computer and it was August, and the summer is nearly gone. While I can’t say that I don’t know where the time went, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the million and one things that I was planning to do. (Then again, does anyone ever manage that?) I think I can safely mark this down as one … Read More

Internship Journal #5

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June 27, 2014 This week has been pretty quiet; Jason is out of town and Ellen is busy working on the catalog database, which needs to be cleaned up before the item ingest into Omeka can happen. Once that is finished, there will be an excel spreadsheet for me to add tags to, but for the moment, I’ve been organizing my thoughts and the various project documents that I have. Large projects like this can be a little overwhelming, especially … Read More

Internship Journal #1

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May 27, 2014 While my main project during the course of my internship at the Mathers Museum will be to create a digital version of the 50th anniversary “Treasures of the Mathers Museum” exhibit using the Omeka platform, my first couple weeks will consist of reviewing another exhibit to prepare it for going live in June. This exhibit, called Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives focuses on a collection of objects collected by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The Ostroms were … Read More

Digital Repositories and the Future of Librarianship – An Interview with Ball State’s John Straw

John Straw is the Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I contacted him after stumbling onto Ball State’s Digital Media Repository; I was curious about how other institutions handle their digital media preservation, so I asked him to talk with me about what it’s like to manage a large-scale digital collection and what he sees for the future of librarianship. Straw has been in libraries and archives for more than 30 years. He began working … Read More